It’s billed as the largest outdoor show on earth, and SHOT Show 2011 did not disappoint. SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade) Show was held at the Sands expo and Convention Center inside the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. What started in 1979 as a fledgling operation has grown into the premiere outdoor trade show on the planet. The event went from January 18 to January 21.
Every major manufacturer of firearms, hunting, camping, and law enforcement gear from around the world was present at the Sands. You could find everything you ever imagined, and some things you never would have related to outdoor sports, military or law enforcement equipment. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) press release, some 57,000 people visited the show over the course of four days. They were there to see over 1,600 exhibiting companies that covered 630,000 square feet of floor space.
In addition to seeing the latest products available, officers could also take numerous classes as part of the “Law Enforcement Education Program”. Renowned trainers like Dave Spaulding were on hand doing classes on developing the combative mind and enhancing your pistol skills. The training sessions were free with paid admission. Prior to the show, the course content could be reviewed and officers could sign up online. If you were not able to pre-register, you could sign up for classes onsite if seats were still available. After completing training, officers simply dropped his or her registration card into a bin. Organizers scanned the cards and attendees received a record of training.
Celebrities from the various shooting sports and other fields were also present signing autographs and talking to fans. Ultimate Fighting Championship star Matt Hughes was at the Browning booth, and the Daniel Defense booth showcased USMC Sniper legend Chuck Mawhinney, along with a limited edition M40 replica of the rifle Chuck carried as a Marine Corps Sniper during the Vietnam War. Glock had a big draw with R. Lee Ermey. Also on hand were Olympic Gold Medalist Kim Rhode, and competitive shooter Jerry Miculek, to name a few.
One of the big draws of SHOT Show is that manufacturers often unveil their latest products for the first time. As for new products, there were many more than can be listed here. I’ll go over a few of the things that caught my eye over the four-day event.
To enhance their Gen4 line of pistols, Glock has introduced a beavertail backstrap. The new grip replacement adds a high beavertail tang to the Gen4 pistol. Feeling good in the hand, it allows you to get a high grip on the weapon while protecting your hand from being gouged by the slide. It allows for a higher grip, which by reducing the recoil pivot distance, lends to better recoil control.
This item was so new they did not even have any literature on it in the Glock booth. It will soon be available for all Gen 4 pistols. They also have individual officer purchase programs, and buy-back programs for officers. If you want to trade in your old Glock for a Gen 4 model, it’s a very cost effective way to upgrade. Contact Glock for more info.
The new Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO) is Aimpoint’s latest offering. This red dot optic has a 30mm tube and integrated mounting system. The mount will attach directly to any flat-top AR15/M4 series rifle without the need for specialized tools. If you want your red dot co-witnessed with your iron sights, you simply remove a small spacer that lowers the scope level with your iron sights. It boasts a continuous battery run time of three years and is fully compatible with any quality night vision equipment. This little scope comes ready to mount, and with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $440.00 it’s sure to fly off the shelves.